Recent Posts by Patricia Goijens

New Year New Goals // Spend more time in the kitchen

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ince it’s still the beginning of 2018, I thought I’d make a mini series about the goals I’ve set for myself this year. The past few years my new years resolutions were very brief and focussed mainly around being kind to myself and respecting my own health, but this year it’s all about clear goals.

The first one I wanted to talk about today? Spending more time in the kitchen. Fun fact: I’m not a bad cook, if I want to be. My dad’s a wonderful cook and I inherited his skill of whipping together a meal when there’s seemingly nothing in the fridge (and then being awfully smug about it). But when a busy schedule gets the better of me, I hate cooking and we end up ordering in way too much or eat junk food and waste money on stuff that’s not at all healthy for us. 

Kind Of OJ // Bruges

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KOOJ-11If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed that I spent a cosy weekend in Bruges last fall. For many Belgians it’s like an open air museum you visit once or a few times in your life, but now there is a new, very good reason to frequent Bruges more often…The recently opened Kind Of OJ, that serves not only as a B&B but also as an architect’s showroom and art space.

We headed to Bruges with a big group on what was the rainiest, windiest and grimmest weekend of fall, but it didn’t matter as we were quickly immersed in the Kind Of OJ spirit once the door behind us closed and we entered the world of interior designer Jo Hoeven and his family; his wife Eleonore, their daughter Tattou and their family dog Nelson.

My 5 favourite Home Rituals

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ou may have noticed on social media that I had a shoot with Rituals a few weeks ago. They asked me to share some of my favourite uses of their products and scents for Nest Magazine and I was happy to take part.

You see, for me, Rituals was the first brand that even made me come into contact with home scents. When I was a university student in Leuven, I’d spend some of my budget on their “under a fig tree” candle, and it always made my room feel like home. Plus, it felt like such a luxurious splurge that was at the same time well within reach of my student budget.

It’s the small, everyday things that help me structure my busy schedule.

Today I wanted to share some tips for balance if you’re a scatterbrain like me. As a freelancer, I have a very diverse schedule, which is fun but also difficult. One day I’m shooting photos on location, one day I’m stuck behind my desk. I’ve discovered that for me, it’s the small, everyday things that help me structure my busy schedule.

Not coincidentally, this is completely in line with Rituals’ core values. The brand is all about slowing down, taking a step back and enjoying the moment, whether it’s in your beauty or home routine. Finding comfort in everyday moments and making them more enjoyable.

I don’t always follow my own advice, like everything in life it’s been trial and error, but the things below help me to structure my days, so I thought they might help you too.

Red Coat & Floral Top

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wanted to share this outfit I wore to a family gathering when fall just started, and it has become a favorite since then. I love the combination of the deep red color and the floral print. Red has always been a constant in my wardrobe, and this coat feels like a real statement that upgrades every outfit. Hope you have lovely plans for the weekend! I’m celebrating my 30th birthday on saturday so I’m hoping the weather won’t be too horrible.

Team Belgium

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Happy Saturday guys, hope you’re all doing well! When Juttu reached out to me to highlight their #ikkoopbelgisch pop up shop I didn’t have to think twice. My love for Belgian design runs deep, from the brands I used to sell at my own shop to the work of some of my most talented friends.

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I think “support your local scene” is something we should all do more often, and even more so because starting as an entrepreneur in Belgium is definitely no joke, but that’s a whole different blogpost! So today I want to introduce you to two brands from Juttu‘s #ikkoopbelgisch pop up shop. 

Crushing on…

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hese beautiful new poufs by Ferm Living landed in my inbox today, and I don’t think I have to tell you guys twice that this colour palette is completely my thing. And the velvet. And that sculptural allure they’ve got going on. So I hopped on over to the Ferm Living website and discovered that the rest of the fall/winter collection is looking pretty fine as well, and the styling is gorgeous. I wouldn’t mind that room divider to hide our recently purchased home trainer. And one of those oval poufs, drool!

PS: This room divider is the ultimate proof that lacquered finishes are back! (Called it! And planning to do something with it this fall.)

3 ways to style Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair

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One of the most recent new items in our home are a set of Series 7 chairs in blush and rose gold. They’re a beautiful new edition of the classic by Arne Jacobsen designed in 1955, made by Republic of Fritz Hansen, and a perfect fit for our home.

Now you guys are going to have to help me choose the perfect spot for this duo. I’ve styled them in our house three ways, and I would love it if you would let me know in the comments which setup is your favourite!

Living Room Reveal

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appy new week guys! After 3 years in our home, the living room is finally coming together and it’s making me all kinds of happy. I’m almost ashamed to show you the progress of my living room, because I have to link back to some earlier posts showing you the early stages of the space. But at the same time it’s ok, because when we bought this home there were in our mid twenties and although pinterest/instagram will have you believe otherwise sometimes, it’s okay not to have EVERYTHING from the get-go. We didn’t have the perfect furniture for the space when we moved in and it took some time to find the right things and that’s normal, it makes it so much more fun when you finally do!
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Around the House #7: New In

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i guys, hope you’re doing well! If you’re following me on Instagram Stories you may have seen that I’ve recently added two new beautiful accessories to my space from Flinders. As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of online shopping (I even used to have mu own online boutique). As much as I like to experience a store to discover new things, when I know what I want, nothing beats finding exactly the item I need one mouse click away. I just love how I can compare all the options and not having to hear “yes, we do carry the pendant, but we don’t have the table lamp” and go home all disappointed. So I clicked together two new items I’d been lusting after for a long time and before I could blink, they were delivered and in my home! And yes, I’m super happy with them. One thing’s for sure, I’m not over brass yet. Nope, not even a little. And I’m not sure I ever will be.
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